2 Months Dairy Free For Acne
So, it has been about 2 months now on my diary free diet. Yes, I am still doing well. I honestly thought I was not seeing any difference in acne mark fading, but taking this progress photo shows me they actually are fading ever so slowly. It’s probably like weight loss. It happens so slowly that sometimes you feel like you aren’t making any progress. Click here to see my first post, with before and 1 month progress photos.
A few observations over month one to two:
- I don’t think I can have any dairy. I thought maybe once my skin calmed down that I could once in awhile, but I ate some pizza with my family and had an almost severe breakout. The only difference is that this time it didn’t take weeks to clear like past bad breakouts. I don’t think it set me back too far regarding overall skin tone either. As you can see from my photo, the big unicorn horn I developed in the middle of my forehead from my pizza night (yay, right? ugh) is healing, and two particularly bad ones by my jawline, mouth are healed but now need to fade.
- My skin is still sensitive. I tried a product to help speed up acne mark fading (Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone Fade Cream), and it broke me out along my cheekbones and on my neck just below the jawline. Again, once I stopped using it those actually cleared up much faster than they used to. I have no idea if that product will work to fade marks, since my skin only tolerated it for a few days.
- My skin is less oily. My skin has been producing less and less oil, to the point I think I might lean more normal than oily skin now.
What I Have Been Eating:
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen some of my food photos. I am still doing a lot of trial and error, so I haven’t compiled a wide variety of foods to eat. It keeps growing as time goes on, and in no time I should have a lot of things to choose from so I don’t get bored.
- Roasted Veggies. I like a mixture of root vegetables. I have done different combos with carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, cauliflower, pearl onions, and parsnips. I just a tiny bit of oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Flax Milk. I was using almond milk, but found that flax milk gave me creamier oatmeal that a lot more closely resembled the cow’s milk version (I prefer to cook my oats in milk, not water).
- Vegan Pizza. I have been using pita bread (white or whole wheat depending on my mood), pizza sauce, Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage (this is a veggie meat protein, but if you want you could go actual sausage), onion, diced tomato, spinach, and vegan cheese. I have tried both Daiya and Trader Joe’s, and so far prefer Trader Joe’s. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not gonna fool you into thinking you’re eating real cheese.
- Oreos. This was a dangerous revelation. They are dairy freakin’ free. Luckily I haven’t gone crazy, but it’s nice to know that if I am at a birthday party or something there is a treat I can have.
- Kale chips. I made these after seeing someone post them on Instagram, and I actually really like them. Kale is good for you and good for your skin, and since I don’t like it raw (I only have it raw in green smoothies) this is a way for me to get more kale in my diet. I just bought an oil sprayer at Kohls, which will make it very easy to lightly oil them for baking.
- As previously mentioned, green smoothies. These are honestly best if you have an expensive blender that can really liquify your food (I caved and bought a Vitamix, and it has been awesome). I throw in spinach, kale, whatever fruits I want, a bit of water or little bit of juice, and some vegan protein powder (I looked for vegan because most protein powders are made from whey, which is dairy).
- Rotisserie chicken. Make sure you read labels, because some stores put butter on theirs.
- Homemade turkey chili
- Earth Balance Non-Dairy butter substitute.
There’s more, but you get the idea. I’m not exactly starving without my cheese, and as time goes on I don’t want it so much (though I do crave it from time to time). I have been eating more and more vegan recipes, because they are naturally dairy free. Steph from Mom’s Gone Crazy told me that the Paleo diet is also naturally dairy free, so I will look into those recipes as well (if you check that link you can see her journey and progress photos from going dairy free). I am seriously thinking of going vegan, but that will be a slower and harder change for me as I look for alternatives that I find satisfying. As much I would love to be one of those people who can dive into a dressingless salad and feel satisfied, I am not. And I have yet to meet a vinaigrette I like.
Have I mentioned that I am a picky eater? ;)
What I’ve Been Using:
- Jojoba Oil to cleanse, and wipe off with a clean wash cloth or my Face Secrets gentle exfoliating sponge (a really loose oil cleansing method).
- I alternate oil cleansing with my Relogy face wash (click for review).
- I sometimes reach for my Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash.
- I don’t usually feel like I need a moisturizer with the oil cleansing, but will use the Relogy skin balancing lotion (review in previous relogy link).
- C. Booth Derma M 36 Glycolic Acid Skin Resurfacing Solution. This stuff stings at first, but that quickly goes away. I have been using it to help with fading (I stopped it to use the Palmer’s after successfully using it for almost a year without breakouts, and went back to it after the Palmer’s breakout of 2013), and think it is helping (though working very slow). This is very affordable (about $14.99), and as far as I know I have only seen it in store at Rite Aid. One bottle lasts me almost 10 months with daily use.
- You need a sunscreen if you are going to use Glycolic Acid. Well, you should be using one anyway but especially if you are using glycolic acid. I don’t have a favorite, but am testing one by Shiseido that I hope to review by the end of next week.
So month one to two wasn’t quite so dramatic as day 0 to 1 month, but there has been progress and I am happy about that. On to the acne and dairy pictures!